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Husband Sanctified Through Wife

"For the unbelieving husband is sanctified through his wife, and the unbelieving wife is sanctified through her believing husband; for otherwise your children are unclean, but now they are holy." Can anyone tell me what this scripture means?

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And I used to think that all those who believe as Ryan were Calvinist! Now I know that they are another thing altogether!

"I everywhere teach that no one can be justly condemned and perish except on account of actual sin, and to say that the countless mortals taken from life while yet infants are precipitated from their mother's arms into eternal death is a blasphemy to be universally detested."

John Calvin , in Augustus H. Strong "Systematic Theology", page 663.
---Nana on 3/25/11


This is one of Paul letters (Galatians i think) what this means is in your CURRENT marriage don't immediately get a divorce if you or spouse accepts Jesus as savior. In Paul's day a spouse would get saved then leave the other. What Paul is saying is the best witness to a spouse is the other spouse. Also the main influence on children are the parents. If parents are holy the children are more likely to be holy.
---Scott on 3/23/11


where in the bible dose it say that Two non-believers there kids will go to hell
---lambgirl702 on 3/22/11


SHOW ME THAT SCRIPTURE IN THE BIBLE

RE:Ryan, which scripture evidence? 'Yes according to scripture children that die before they can make their own decision to accept Christ, that have two non-believing parents, go to hell.' God knit us together in our mother's womb? That means before we were born we were HIS. I cannot believe that He will let them go (to become Satan's) quite as easily as you seem to think. It is not sin to die before being told of Jesus so why should they be punished the same as those who reject Him?.
---f.f. on 7/31/06
---lambgirl702 on 3/22/11


If a husband or wife is a born-again believer then their family is "set aside" for the blessings of God because of the believing spouse. It has nothing to do with their salvation however - salvation is personal.
---Helen_5378 on 4/18/08




I believe in my heart what this scripture is saying is that if one believes either the husband or the wife and the other does not believe that God will show the un-believer to be one with God through the person who believes in God and because either the husband believes or the wife believes the children are sanctified through the one who believes. Rev Kathleen
---Rev._kathleen on 8/10/07


It means if the husband is saved and the wife is not, that she will see God thru him and want what he has so therefore, she would be saved also. The children would also see and be saved. I am a testimony to that. My children are saved and their father was saved 2 years ago. I prayed for him 45 years.
---shira on 7/3/07


Just as light trumps darkness, belief trumps unbelief. Thus, one spouse's belief trumps the other spouse's unbelief, causing both to be counted for belief, since they are one.
---a_servant on 8/5/06


Rom 3:23 for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,
Does this scripture not apply to children in the womb, infants and very young children?
Donna2277-Coming to God as little children means we should be dependent on Him and eager to learn His ways. It has nothing to do with the topic of their salvation.
---Ryan on 7/31/06


Ryan, which scripture evidence? 'Yes according to scripture children that die before they can make their own decision to accept Christ, that have two non-believing parents, go to hell.' God knit us together in our mother's womb? That means before we were born we were HIS. I cannot believe that He will let them go (to become Satan's) quite as easily as you seem to think. It is not sin to die before being told of Jesus so why should they be punished the same as those who reject Him?.
---f.f. on 7/31/06




"And they brought unto Him also infants, that He might touch them. But when His disciples saw it they rebuked them. But Jesus called them unto Him and said suffer little children to come unto me, and forbid them not for us such is the kingdom of God...whosoever shall not receive the kingdom of God as a little child shall in no wise enter therein" Luke 18:15-17

Did the nature of God change? (Or does this apply only to Jewish children?).
---Donna2277 on 7/30/06


Ryan, I don't find anything within this verse implying or even infering death of infants. This verse is meant for the living.

There is no verse in the Bible that implies that infants who die go to Heaven automatically.
---Scott on 7/30/06


Oh by the way...Don't tell me that the story of David's childs death is proof that all children that die go to heaven for two reasons. 1)David was of the nation of Israel and 2)David had great faith so his child was sanctified through the believing parent, David. This example supports ICorinthians 7:14 not the false teaching that all children that die go to heaven.
---Ryan on 7/13/06


Yes according to scripture children that die before they can make their own decision to accept Christ, that have two non-believing parents, go to hell. Show me a scripture that says otherwise.
---Ryan on 7/13/06


Shira...You say "If the child is born to parents who are not saved and he dies an infant, he is going to heaven also." Where is your scriptural evidence to support this statement, because ICorinthians 7:14 appears to refute this.
M.P...You say "innocent children" I say to you no one is born innocent, to say that anyone other than the Lord Jesus Christ is born innocent is to deny the uniqueness and davinity of the Messiah.
---Ryan on 7/13/06


Ryan, you say "So we can conclude that children born of non-believers remain unclean and do not gain entrance into the kingdom of heaven." So where do they go instead, hell - are they just annihilated, which one and WHY? Do you believe that God will send innocent children, who die before they have had the chance to hear of Him, to some kind of torment?
---M.P. on 7/13/06


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Ryan, where in the world do you get your doctrine? God sent His Son into the world so ALL can be saved. He died for ALL. If a child is born in a house of believers and dies as an infant, that infant will go to heaven. If the child is born to parents who are not saved and he dies an infant, he is going to heaven also. Children who die will go to heaven until they reach the age where they understand how to be saved.
---shira on 7/12/06


All have fallen short of the glory of God. This is fact. In I Corinthians 7:14 the Holy Spirit gives a provision for children born to a home that has at least one believer, He says that the children are considered holy, and only that which is holy may enter the kingdom of heaven. There is not, however, a provision for the children born to non believers. So we can conclude that children born of non-belivers remain unclean and do not gain entrance into the kingdom of heaven.
---Ryan on 7/12/06


'but if neither parent is a believer then the childs soul goes to hell?' No Ryan I would not agree with that at all.
---emg on 7/12/06


Would you agree that by mentioning the children Paul is saying, Since the children cannot decide for themselves they are saved through the believing parent until such time they can decide for themselves? So a child born to a believer that dies in their infancy their soul will go to heaven, but if neither parent is a believer than the childs soul goes to hell?
---Ryan on 7/12/06


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